Complications after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
on 3/25/10 12:03 am
I am about 8 days Post Op from Gastric Sleeve Surgery. I am experiencing what I am hoping are just minor complications that can be resolved...hopefully someone out there can give me some pointers or advice. For starters I am having really bad indigestion...it is so bad its hard for me to consume pureed food. At first I thought it was just gas...but I would think that by now I would be gas free. I have tried chewable gas x but haven't had any luck. In addition, I am entirely constipated...the doctor suggested milk of magnesia and told me to drink more fluid...hoping that will work. Also, my stomach still seems swollen...is this normal? Finally, I am a week out and down 3 lbs is that a normal amount of weight?
I just feel like although I did a lot homework prior to having the surgery...there are still a lot of things I wasn't aware of...such as the indigestion. I have so much indigestion...it hurts. I tried eating soft eggs this evening but my indigestion was so bad I couldn't get it down.
Any tips or advice you can offer would be very much appreciated.
Also any stage II diet tips would be appreciated...I don't want to eat mashed potatoes but I am getting tired of soup.
I was still on clear liquids at this stage so there is no way that I could have even remotely considered soft solids. Yes, your stomach is swollen. 8 days ago, it was traumatized, stapled off, and the majority of it was excised from your body. It's gonna take several weeks for the healing process to finalize. Miralax works great for constipation. I've only had to use it a couple of times since surgery, but it's great stuff. Everybody's weight loss is different. Your body will lose the weight, give it some time to recovery.
Stage 2 foods do you mean mushies/purees?
Soft cheese (laughing cow brand if it's available in your area)
Pureed steamed/boiled veggies ( I would avoid corn since it can be difficult to digest for some)
Egg drop soup
Cottage Cheese with pureed fruit or SF Smuckers jelly
SW 270lbs GW 150lbs CW Losing Pregancy Weight Maintenance goal W 125-130lbs
I'd slow it down and just deal with the soup.
I wanted to add in, the skim milk kept my bowels moving the whole time early out, was a real PIA!
G/BMI=25 or less, normal weight
1st goal = 215#, MET 2nd goal = Onederland, MET
3rd goal = 175#, MET 4th goal = > BMI of 29.9, MET 5th goal = 155#, MET Final WL goal = 140# or less and normal BMI
Anyway, I'm 5 months out and down 74 pounds. I'm one pound away from a weight that starts with a 1. :) I'm 9 pounds away from oly being overweight instead of obese or morbidly obese. I feel really good.
You really REALLY need to stick to liquids for another week then the mushies...you'll be fine just getting in your required liquid protein and that will take some doing. OF COURSE your stomach is swollen! How can it not be????? So stay away from the pureed food for now, just be kind to your new tummy. Don't pu**** I know you're bored with just soup but get a grip, it's not forever. I can't imagine doing eggs or mashed potatoes at 8 days out!! You might have issues after a month with either of those. And you won't shrivel away, don't worry about it. It's not forever!!
You're having head hunger and you need to find other things to occupy yourself rather than thinking you have to eat. I know it's hard to wrap your brain around the fact that you think you need to eat and how could you get through this time without eating blah blah blah..we all have, we all did, and you will too. Just concentrate on the liquids, get as much as you can, add protein in liquid form as well and slowly but surely you'll discover time has passed, you'll start to feel better before you know it.
I know that for me, and probably for anyone else on here, waiting for that surgery was HARD and now we expect it to just start falling off, and it WILL but give it some time...your weight will fluctuate for several months, mostly going down but you will experience weeks when you only lose 1 or 2 lbs or 10 or 12 and there's NO TELLING when it happens or how long you experience it.
You probably DID do a lot of research and again, there's no telling who will experience more gas and more indigestion compared to another patient, so just BE patient, tell your doc and you'll be fine.
Prilosec and similar medications are called for in order to control this. I would contact your surgeon immediately, and ask for a prescription (or pick it up at a pharmacy) and see if that does not help.
Remember that your stomach is now very tiny and on top of that is still quite swollen from the surgery. It may even be the food you're eating that's causing the gas. Try to stick with small amounts of liquids every 15 mins - broth, water, Gatorade, decaffeineited, sugar-free tea, etc. My doctor prescribed Nexium for stomach acid and it works wonders for me, although I wasn't allowed to swallow pills for 21 days after surgery, but Nexium is dissolvable.
Just be patient and take your time. You will get there, and it will all be worth it. Believe us!
on 3/29/10 3:39 pm
Thanks for all the responses. However, I just want to clarify that the my doctor is the one who told me to eat pureed food. I guess every doctor is different. I actually couldn't leave the hospital until I was able to tolerate pureed food. I just wanted to clarify this because I didn't want anyone to think I was trying to rush through the stages. I thought it was a bit odd too, but my doctor and nutrionist was clear that I needed to be on pureed food the first month. A little update: I still have indigestion...I purchased chewable pepcid ac and mylanta. It helps but I have some discomfort. Some good news...the constipation stopped...but now I have a bit of diaherra...who knows. I am about two weeks out and down about 7lbs. I know everyone's body is different and so I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens. Anyway...thanks again for all the responses.
on 4/2/13 5:33 am
Hi, all.. Rebel , I hope this helps I'm new to the sleeve myself as of March 20th 2013 i had my sleeve done i started my journey on 2008 due to my insurance we need not get into that ,lol I'm now 13 days post op and was told that i had to wait until April 4 to see the dietitian before starting any kind of pureed foods..... I take a vitamin d and a delayed release acid reducer 20 mg every morning and "sip", not gulp not chug water every chance i can. I carry a water bottle like its my best friend my liquid diet consist of carnation instant breakfast with fat free milk again small sips, chicken broth, SF jello and water +water +water I found out when i get gassy or bloated walking helps no need to enter a walk a thon just get up and a move around the house kinda thing works for me very tuff diet but pre op 290 lb post op 265 lb i hope you find what your looking for ,keep up the good fight ask if you don't know and good luck my friend.......
I have many of the same issues...since I woke up from surgery I have reflux terribly. I haven't laid down to sleep but a handful of times in approx. 6 weeks. I had reflux issues prior but I am sure I read 85% of patients it goes away after surgery. WHY do I always seem to fall in the exception rule-?? I have throw up every day since I went on solid foods....and if I drink anymore broth I will hurl that as well.
I have been guilty of over eating a bit...and thrown up BUT the majority is from...well I don't know. My doctor seem like he doesn't know either...I think hes full of it. He gave me Reglan-which it did help but had my RLS going crazy!
I could use some piece of mind that this isn't the way its gonna be.